Mabamba Wetland is one of the popular Uganda birding safari sites with great bird sights including the most sought after Shoebill Stork.
48km from Kampala, the Mabamba Wetland is an International Ramsar site
and besides the Shoebill, it also offers likely sights of bird species
like grey crowned crane, cattle egret, common bulbul, long – crested
eagle, hammerkop and grey plantain eater among others which present a
diverse and exciting experience for birders on birding safaris in Uganda.
in Mabamba is carried out on small engine-powered canoes run by
experienced local guides that have deep knowledge of the special places
where the rare shoebill stork can be sighted. The natural and tranquil
environment of Mabamba is an extension of Lake Victoria and its magical
waterways are themselves fascinating to explore especially for
ecotourism enthusiasts while on safari in Uganda.
estimate of 215 bird species thrive in Mabamba Swamp stretching to
16,500ha including the migrant species from Europe such as White winged
terns that tend to come in the month of August escaping the winter
conditions. Mabamba Wetland covers a section of Waiga bay to the west of
Entebbe International Airport – the main gateway for travelers to and
from Uganda including those on adventure vacation tours in Uganda Africa.
wetland is in the political boundaries of Kamengo and Kasanje
sub-counties in the Wakiso and Mpigi Districts and it is accessed from
both Entebbe and Kampala. From Kampala, one follows Masaka road 30km
before branching to Buyege proceeding 22km to and eventually Mabamba.
From Entebbe, one branches off from Entebbe road at Kisubi driving to
Nakawuka, Kasanje and eventually Mabamba.
The destination Uganda
is an internationally recognized birding destination with a total of
1,057 bird species comprising 50% of the continent’s bird species and
11% of the global bird species. Other famous birding destinations in the
country include among others; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also
popular for Uganda gorilla safaris, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Semuliki National Parks.